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What high altitude observations tell us about the auroral acceleration: A cluster/DMSP conjunction
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2003 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, Vol. 30, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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[1] Magnetic conjugate observations by Cluster and DMSP F14 satellites are used to study the field lines of auroral arc. Cluster is well above the acceleration region and observes upward keV ion beams and bipolar electric structures. The integrated potential at Cluster altitudes shows a dip that is consistent with the keV electron acceleration energy at low altitude. The earthward Poynting flux at Cluster altitudes is comparable to the electron energy flux at low altitudes. Thus, for this event the auroral acceleration can be described as a quasi-stationary potential structure with equipotential lines reaching the Cluster altitudes. The arc forms at the outer edge of the plasma sheet at a density gradient. Multiple Cluster satellite measurements allow us to study the density increase associated with the development of the arc, and to estimate the velocity of the structure. The quasi-potential structure itself may be part of an Alfven wave.

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2003. Vol. 30, no 3
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electric-fields, waves
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22372DOI: 10.1029/2002gl016006ISI: 000181886700002OAI: diva2:341070
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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